I’ve been reading a lot of articles from writers I’ve subscribed to, talking about getting ready for he new year. Is it really worth all the trouble? Resolutions, goals, plans good intentions . . . is it really worth all the trouble?
In the past couple of years I’ve heard reports that New Year’s Resolutions may cause more problems than they resolve: the pressure to get things done, the resulting feelings of being a failure when resolutions are broken, and the stress to live up to any intentions announced to others makes a new year more dreadful than hopeful.
Is there really hope to anticipate for a new year? Or is it all a pipe dream that comes crashing down on those who buy into the theory that a New Year is something to look forward to with excitement? Read the outlook of the writer of Ecclesiastes in the first ten verses of the Teacher’s book (NIrV):
1 These are the words of the Teacher. He was the son of David. He was also king in Jerusalem.
2 “Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
“Everything is completely meaningless!
Nothing has any meaning.”
3 What does a man get for all of his work?
Why does he work so hard on this earth?
4 People come and people go.
But the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises. Then it sets.
And then it hurries back to where it rises.
6 The wind blows to the south.
Then it turns to the north.
Around and around it goes.
It always returns to where it started.
7 Every stream flows into the ocean.
But the ocean never gets full.
The streams return
to the place they came from.
8 All things are tiresome.
They are more tiresome than anyone can say.
But our eyes never see enough of anything.
Our ears never hear enough.
9 Everything that has ever been will come back again.
Everything that has ever been done will be done again.
Nothing is new on earth.
10 There isn’t anything about which someone can say,
“Look! Here’s something new.”
It was already here long ago.
It was here before we were.
Doesn’t that just make your day?? I wonder if he was doing a year-end review and became overwhelmed by all of the resolutions he’d failed to keep for the year?
I actually believe that resolutions and goals are beneficial. One of them needs to be resolving to establish habits that help me keep my resolutions!
Perhaps the place to begin is with the resolution to be the person God wants me to be. Because it will impress everyone else? No, I think the only way it can work is when I’m doing the right thing because it’s in appreciation of what he’s done for me and wants for me. By being His man, I am guaranteed of being better than I would ever achieve on my own.
Read the conclusion of the Teacher’s book about the right way to live (Eccl. 12:13 & 14, NIV):
13 Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.
The writer of Hebrews adds (Hebrews 12:1-3, NIrV):
1 A huge cloud of witnesses is all around us. So let us throw off everything that stands in our way. Let us throw off any sin that holds on to us so tightly. Let us keep on running the race marked out for us.
2 Let us keep looking to Jesus. He is the author of faith. He also makes it perfect. He paid no attention to the shame of the cross. He suffered there because of the joy he was looking forward to. Then he sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 He put up with attacks from sinners. So think about him. Then you won’t get tired. You won’t lose hope.
Make the New Year really new because you are committed to being His New Creation.
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BEST WISHES FOR A MEANINGFUL NEW YEAR!